Dr Vangeepuram Sreenathachary
Dr Vangeepuram Sreenathachary

Have you ever heard about Tenglish? It is a blending of Telugu and English. This form is more commonly seen in urban and suburban centers of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, but is slowly spreading into rural and remote areas via television and word of mouth.

Many speakers do not realize that they are integrating English words into Telugu sentences or Telugu words into English sentences.

 Many-a-time, a word or phrase is just easier to say in English than to say in Telugu. Instead of saying “dhanyavadamulu” for "thank you", most people say “chaalaa thanks” literally translating to "a lot of thanks."

 This type of Telugu speaking is slowly growing outside of cities like Hyderabad, Warangal, Vizag, Vijayawada and Guntur. As English becomes more and more prevalent, it can be seen in small towns, villages, and even rural areas.

With its growing popularity, Tenglish is being used to publish news online. The advent of cable television and its pervasive growth has seen the masses exposed to a wide variety of programming from across the world.

 Another factor contributing to the spread of Tenglish is the popularity of Tollywood films and
TV channels.